Sugihara House

Sugihara House information

Location
Kaunas , Lithuania
Address
Vaižganto gatvė 30
Telephone
+370 37 332 881
More information
www.sugiharahouse.com
Prices
adult/child €3/1.50
Opening hours
10am-5pm Mon-Fri, 11am-4pm Sat & Sun
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Kaunas-based Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara (1900-86) saved 12,000 Jewish lives between 1939 and 1940, issuing transit visas to stranded Polish Jews who faced being forced into Soviet citizenship. When the Soviets annexed Lithuania and ordered all consulates be shut he asked for a short extension. Dubbed 'Japan's Schindler', he disobeyed orders for 29 days by signing 300 visas per day, and handed the stamp to a Jewish refugee when he left. Sugihara House tells his life story.